INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Frontier Airlines said Wednesday that its traffic fell 8 percent in July, as the airline cut passenger-carrying capacity.
Frontier said paying passengers on mainline and regional flights flew 1.17 billion miles last month, down from 1.27 billion in the same month last year.
The Indianapolis-based airline cut capacity 8 percent to 1.26 billion available seat miles, or seats times miles flown. Airlines can cut capacity by operating fewer flights, shorter ones or by flying smaller planes.
The combination of more traffic and less capacity pushed up average occupancy by 1 percentage point to 93 percent.
For the year so far, traffic on Frontier is down 3 percent and capacity is down 6 percent.
Frontier is owned by Republic Airways Holdings Inc. In afternoon trading Republic shares fell 6 cents to $5.19.